It is not often that the death of a famous identity leads me to write anything. Or even to make more than a passing remark.
However, the death of Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter, has done just that.
The news that he had been killed this morning, our time, was a bit of sad news.
It is difficult to imagine what his wife and kids are thinking, particularly because of the man Steve Irwin was outside the family. If he had such a presence, such an aura of energy, such a willingness to show wildlife and its fragility outside the family environment, we can only imagine what a forceful family man he was. It wasnt until the Enough Rope interview with Andrew Denton that I, for one, understood his passion and verve for what he did.
Many thanks, Steve, you did educate a lot of people. The Americans have shown a great fondness for him, and the news has broken to the US nightly news reports as lead item, which goes to show you what a guy he was.
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